Knox County Tennessee

Welcome to the Department of Engineering and Public Works (EPW). The men and women of EPW work diligently to provide the public with a broad range of essential services, including codes administration, fire prevention, highway maintenance, planning & development, soil conservation, solid waste & recycling, stormwater management and transportation. These divisions have a daily impact on the lives of Knox County residents. It is our goal to offer efficient, cost-effective services to every citizen of our community.

Engineering & Public Works

Codes Administration & Enforcement


Knox County Code Administration's mission is to protect the safety, health, welfare, and property of the citizens of Knox County. This is accomplished through administration, public education, and enforcement of building regulatory codes. Whereas, plan review, periodic inspections, and active enforcement of zoning regulations on new and existing construction are fundamental elements of our overall mission. more

Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau


The mission of the Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau is to make Knox County a safer place to live, work or visit by protecting its residents and guest from the ravages of fire. We accomplish this by conducting life safety inspections of existing structures and new construction, developing proactive and diverse public education programs and maintaining an aggressive fire investigation program. more

Highway Maintenance Division


The Highway and Bridge Division maintains, builds, and rehabilitates all Knox County roads and bridges. This includes nearly 2000 miles of paved roads and 134 bridges. more

Soil Conservation District


The Knox County Soil Conservation District (SCD) formulates and directs a local natural resource conservation program for Knox County, Tennessee. There is an SCD office in each Tennessee county and nearly 3,000 Soil Conservation Districts nationwide. more

Solid Waste and Recycling


The Knox County Solid Waste Department delivers cost-effective services and provides quality information to help Knox County taxpayers efficiently recycle and dispose of residential waste. This includes managing the seven Knox County recycling and household waste drop-off centers, providing comprehensive recycling options at the centers, and making convenient disposal of household hazardous materials available for all Knox County residents... more

Please note: Beginning August 26, 2019 Knox County Convenience Centers will no longer accept glass bottles and jars for RECYCLING. Resident wishing to recycle glass should use a City Recycling Center. Otherwise, place glass in with regular household trash.

Stormwater Management


The mission of stormwater management is to improve and/or maintain the health of Knox County water resources by mitigating the effects of urban development... more

Traffic Calming


Knox County Engineering has developed a traffic calming program to help mitigate the effects of speeding and cut-through traffic experienced in many Knox County subdivisions. As Knoxville continues to grow, major roadways and intersections in Knoxville are becoming congested. Because of this, frustrated motorists often use local subdivision streets to bypass this congestion... more

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& Public Works

205 West Baxter Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

Phone: 865-215-5800
Fax: 865-215-5810

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Department Email

For all emergency requests, such as trees blocking the road, icy roads, stop signs down, large dead animals in the road, or traffic lights not working properly, please call 215-5800.